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February 20, 2014

Schenectady man convicted of selling drugs

PLATTSBURGH — A Clinton County jury found a Schenectady man guilty of selling cocaine and heroin.

Kris M. Wynn, 31, was convicted Tuesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, following a five-day trial in Clinton County Court with Judge Patrick McGill presiding.

The jury deliberated for about 70 minutes before reaching the guilty verdict on all counts in the indictment, the Clinton County District Attorney's Office said.

'FOUND HEROIN IN PANTS'

Wynn, also known as "Kaye" and "Beloved," sold cocaine and heroin in the City of Plattsburgh on Jan. 9 and 10, 2013, according to a news release from the D.A.'s Office.

Then on Jan. 29, 2013, State Police stopped Wynn's vehicle as he was driving northbound on Interstate 87.

Members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force presented him with a search warrant, and Wynn voluntarily surrendered 109 bags of heroin he had hidden in his pants, the DA's Office said.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $3,000, the release said.

'SUPPLY AND DEMAND'

Dealers are able to sell their product for more in the North Country than in Albany, said Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer, who prosecuted the case.

“Simple economics tells us that where there is a demand, but a limited supply, the price of the product will increase. This is why individuals from out of the area, like Kris Wynn, traffic narcotics to this community," he said.  

"Their product is worth more here than it is in Albany. I commend the members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force for showing these individuals that the increased profit comes with increased risk of arrest and conviction.”

Wynn's defense attorney was Allan Cruikshank.

FACES PRISON TIME

Wynn has already served two state prison terms for selling cocaine in Albany and Saratoga counties.

His sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 17, and he faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 36 years in state prison, the DA's Office said.

McGill ordered Wynn be held in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond; he remained jailed on Thursday.

Email Felicia Krieg:

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